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  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont's state auditor is asking lawmakers to beef up the information consumers can get when deciding where to have a medical procedure done. Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer, joined by Andrew Stein, a special investigator in the auditor's office, told the House Health Care Committee on Friday that the state is falling short in meeting a legal...

  • It was numbered 00-000-001— the first Social Security payout. Today, even as its future lies in financial uncertainty, many consider Social Security one of government's biggest successes. "It wasn't that I expected anything, mind you, but I knew I'd been paying for something called Social Security and I wanted to ask the people in Rutland about it," she's quoted as...

  • Merchant Bancshares posts 4Q profit Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. _ Merchants Bancshares Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.5 million. The bank, based in South Burlington, Vermont, said it had earnings of 39 cents per share. The holding company for Merchants Bank posted revenue of $14.3 million in the period.

  • *Wall St rallies as Apple, Boeing lead in late-day surge. Major Wall Street indexes surged almost 1 percent or more as Apple Inc and Boeing Co extended gains following their strong earnings reports earlier this week. Amazon.com and Google Inc reported earnings after the bell, with Amazon shares gaining as much as 8.5 percent, but Google fell almost 5 percent.

  • USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they're buying. "The hope is that it will help producers, too, because it will make it easier for them to market their syrup... not only domestically...

  • Jan 27- After a blizzard that blanketed the northeastern United States but proved less powerful in New York City than predicted, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways resumed limited operations on Tuesday. LIRR service remains suspended on the Montauk Branch east of Babylon, Greenport to Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson Branch east of Huntington and the...

  • WASHINGTON— Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Even Louisiana's gain masked some good news: The state added a healthy number of jobs— just not enough to keep up with population growth.

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system was set to...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States, dropping more than a foot of snow but falling short of more dire predictions that sent workers and students home, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York officials to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains. As day broke on Tuesday, the leaders of New York City, New York...

  • The heaviest snowfall was recorded in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, while New York City's Central Park saw just 6 inches, less than a quarter of the "historic" snowfall that some meteorologists had predicted. Travel was still snarled, with more than 4,500 flights canceled at U.S. airports, according to FlightAware.com, and no trains or buses in New York,...

  • With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast states declared emergencies. The National Weather Service in New York said roughly 5.5 inches of snow had fallen in the Manhattan's Central Park by early Tuesday and nearly nine inches were recorded on parts of Long Island.

  • Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans by making workers and students housebound, halting thousands of flights and prompting New York to ban cars from roads and halt subway trains. With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast states declared emergencies, and the snow blast...

  • The official scorekeeper of Congress projects solid economic growth for the next few years, with unemployment dropping slightly. For future years however, CBO issued a warning: Beyond 2018, deficits will start rising again as more baby boomers retire and enroll in Social Security and Medicare. By 2025, annual budget deficits could once again top $1 trillion,...

  • Monster winter storm about to sock Northeast US Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    The National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and New England.

  • ST. ALBANS, Vt.— Top Vermont officials told farmers in the agriculture-dependent northwestern corner of the state on Monday they could be held legally accountable if they don't participate in a series of efforts designed to clean up Lake Champlain. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Attorney General William Sorrell and Department of Environmental...

  • Defendants in California and Massachusetts have sought to take advantage of a December ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that narrowed the definition of insider trading, making it harder for prosecutors to pursue their cases. The challenges raise the possibility that the 2nd Circuit decision, legally binding only in New York,...

  • Proposed insurance enrollment period worries some Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Northeast Delta Dental offers coverage in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, and officials in all three states are concerned about meeting the ramped up deadlines, said Christine Alibrandi, the company's project leader for health care reform. she said at a recent meeting of New Hampshire's Health Exchange Advisory Board. " Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue...

  • NYC mayor: Storm could be biggest ever to hit city Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 1:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto: a storm the National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and Boston. New York City, Boston and Connecticut should expect whopping snow totals of up to 2 feet, he said. "Looks like our luck is about to run out," said John...

  • Vermont taking applications for vendors at 2015 'Big E' Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is taking applications from people or groups who would like to represent the state in the Vermont pavilion at this year's Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The "Big E," billed as " New England' s Great State Fair," is going to be held from Sept. 18 to Oct. 4. Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck...

  • Bill to leave cap-and-trade program sees little support Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— There was little public appetite at a hearing Thursday for a bill that would pull New Hampshire out of a multistate effort to reduce carbon emissions. New Hampshire is one of nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a system where each state sells carbon emission allowances to producers. New Hampshire gets about $18...